Archive for September, 2007

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Burma: A Global Roar

September 30, 2007

Dear friends,

Burma’s generals have brought their brutal iron hand down on peaceful monks and protesters — but in response, a massive global outcry is gathering pace. The roar of global public opinion is being heard in hundreds of protests outside Chinese and Burmese embassies, people round the world wearing the monks’ color red, and on the internet– where our petition has exploded to over 200,000 signers in just 72 hours.

People power can win this. Burma’s powerful sponsor China can halt the crackdown, if it believes that its international reputation and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing depend on it. To convince the Chinese government and other key countries, Avaaz is launching a major global and Asian ad campaign on Wednesday, including full page ads in the Financial Times and other newspapers, that will deliver our message and the number of signers. We need 1 million voices to be the global roar that will get China’s attention. If every one of us forwards this email to just 20 friends, we’ll reach our target in the next 72 hours. Please sign the petition at the link below -if you haven’t already- and forward this email to everyone you care about:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/t.php

The pressure is working – already, there are signs of splits in the Burmese Army, as some soldiers refuse to attack their own people. The brutal top General, Than Shwe, has reportedly moved his family out of the country – he must fear his rule may crumble.

The Burmese people are showing incredible courage in the face of horror. We’re broadcasting updates on our effort over the radio into Burma itself – telling the people that growing numbers of us stand with them. Let’s do everything we can to help them – we have hours, not days, to do it. Please sign the petition and forward this email to at least 20 friends right now. Scroll down our petition page for details of times and events to join in the massive wave of demonstrations happening around the world at Burmese and Chinese embassies.

With hope and determination,

Ricken, Paul, Pascal, Graziela, Galit, Ben, Milena and the whole Avaaz Team

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In defense of the indefensible

September 25, 2007

by Ap. Fotiadis

In response to a previous conversation I was preparing to write a detailed text explaining why the Food for Oil program was strait genocide of children. How people who knew that people suffered and died kept on with the program for years. When asked why, answering that is worth it. How the US vetoed cargoes of hepatitis vaccines for infants and other medical equipment, saying it contained chemical substance which could make horrific weapons. I would be the narrator this time, proving that the war on terror is another religion.

But then there was this title over a picture of rotten wooden boxes that forced a though about the poverty of history. Post-Soviet Horrors, rotten wooden boxes and deserted miserably build houses. What was left from the Soviet era is a repulsive world and the certainty that anything related to this was given birth by some horror.

There are people, many of them, who spent their lives thinking that they lead the masses to the future. They are still around but keep silent; from time to time still reading the sacraments of their fallen religion; trying to understand where things went wrong and they led millions of people to misery.

They are other imitating them now; they are leading people, day after day, to freedom.

History is like plaster. Poisoned plaster. The historian is to damn or offer salvation. The historian is a small god dominating the finger of blame, doing justice. This is horror, this is freedom. Like retarded who repeat simplistic binarisms. This horror, this freedom; In a simplistic repetitive way, like Goebbelian poetry.


I would narrate about another horror; to say things and do justice. Human history is full of them. Who is left to defend as from the narrators?

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The Liberal Communists of Porto-Davos

September 19, 2007

Posted by Vassil

I was tempted to give you this link in Claudia’s discussion of terrorism. Given that the so-called New World Order, neo-liberalism and the rift between the World’s rich and the World’s poor is linked to the issue of terrorism. I decided, though, to have a different post because it would be better to keep the discussion there strictly to the question.

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What the Hell Is Terrorism?-open thread

September 18, 2007

Proposed by Claudia Ciobanu

“Germany’s justice minister plans to extend the country’s anti-terror laws. In the future, preparing an attack or receiving explicit training for a violent act will be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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